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Captive Bird - 12 Bars 12 Dreams

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Captive Bird - 12 Bars 12 Dreams

12 BARS Twelve brazen bars, one frozen lock! Confined, sublime, an ancient Roc endures inside a barren cage, her catacomb in sundown sage. Of former days there is no trace except displays of fallen grace – Twelve dreams, abiding in her place, are free, inhabit yawning space: 12 DREAMS ... of wings unfurled, and seething eyes that dredge the depths of dawning skies, devining clouds that cling below, once ice, dissolved in morning’s glow; ... of clutching winds that carry free above an anguished leaden sea, dispersing dust of distant stars midst chunks of chain in slave bazaars; ... of swooping to a silent shore to perch beside the ocean’s roar, at last to feel the sobbing breeze message the leaves of rooted trees; ... of stalking strays and twilight tramps within the fog of lighthouse lamps that blink forlorn through caldron nights in search of shades of errant Kites; ... of darkling vast deserted lands, with shadowed stones on windswept sands, where ghosts of Moorish maidens lost disgorge faint groans in mourning frost; ... of blotting out the bloated moon while feathers beat a banshee tune and glimmers dance and prance aglow upon a pearly pale plateau; ... of tasting cool torrential rains, beyond the realm of binding reins, and sipping freedom they exude in quite drops of solitude; ... of vanquishing a galley crew aboard a ship of midnight dew, beneath the pierce of seagulls' screams that mock the strands of scarlet streams; ... of sating once an aching craw with tearing beak, with ripping claw, and echoed by an eldritch screech while feasting on abandoned beach; ... of restive thoughts and weary wings that drift on haze in smoky rings, obscured within the opal shroud of her resemblance in the crowd; ... of croaking caws in broken rhyme in winter woe, in summer clime, while building nests of sundown sage beyond outside a barren cage.

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  1. Date: 12/26/2014 11:46:00 PM
    TERRY, Congratulations -- This is a great way to end and start the new year, having your poem featured on the soups front page. Hope your Christmas was a merry one! Always & Forever ~LINDA~

  1. Date: 11/19/2012 4:17:00 AM
    I love this poem. Great work. Trying to get through the list you sent me. I can't find the "Fantasy" poem though.

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 1:07:00 PM
    Makes one feel pity for the bird. Very discriptive. Huggs TLee

  1. Date: 7/29/2012 10:02:00 PM
    HI,,TERRY, still congratulating all my sisters past contest. . Now I'm on the poets favorite poem contest.. I'm actually amazed with all these poems. I see why they are chosen as a favorite poem by other poets...a Super Congratulations here. I think I agreed with all the winners in this contest... love~PD

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 1:04:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in SKAT's "Members Favorite Poem" contest Terry. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 4:56:00 AM
    Terry a belated congrats on your win.really clever...David

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 11:36:00 PM
    Oh, and CONGRATS

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 11:35:00 PM
    Hey,. Terry, which contest did this win in? I finally am seeing it. You have excellent meter in your poetry!!

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 5:44:00 PM
    very nice Terry...congrats on your win

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 9:52:00 AM
    Very nice Terry...congrats on your win!!!

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 9:06:00 AM
    Congrats, Terry. Awesome. Enjoyed. Nice going. Kudos. Ralph

  1. Date: 7/23/2012 10:59:00 PM
    Wow! Such an excellent flow...And all the different words you used are awesome!!! I'm going to make it a Fav...

  1. Date: 7/23/2012 8:53:00 PM
    Love all the variety of images - you have vivid dreams indeed.

  1. Date: 7/23/2012 12:15:00 PM
    Hi Terry what a brilliant piece liked the flow here, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 3:05:00 PM
    Quite a feate and excellent verse to read over and over..almost a lullabye? Most excellent fav verse [Of blotting out the bloated moon] Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 9:22:00 AM
    so a stranger comments on a poem I wrote...and so i read a few of HIS and am humbled....the structure, subject matter and execution OD THIS PIECE are all to perfection...thanks for commenting on me so i could find another great poet..yours in peace, pain, poetry, protection and per chance your perfection (the universe knows ain't 'nothin perfect 'bout me but for my imperfections) PHREEPOETREE ~free cee!~I JUST wish you would read a few of my other poems besides the one that is counter-intuitive to the jubject matter i usually delve into, like yesterday and today's...thanks again bro! ~f!~

  1. Date: 7/21/2012 3:51:00 PM
    Great. It swept me along. Just one comment/question: Should it not be: "Of former days there ARE not trace"? Love, Suzette

  1. Date: 7/21/2012 11:09:00 AM
    love this wonderful write, Terry. I agree with Elizabeth's comments

  1. Date: 7/20/2012 11:40:00 AM
    Enchanting poetry, takes me places I need to be! A 10, a fave and everything else I can say to let you know how much I appreciate your brilliance! Luv, Lizzie

  1. Date: 7/20/2012 11:02:00 AM
    Nicely written, a unique written poem Terry. - oxox love Anne-Lise